Sonnet Allegro FW800 PCIe (Firewire 800 Card)


  • Product Description

      Faster FireWire Connections

      High-Speed, High-Bandwidth Ports for Fast Data Transfers

      FireWire Hard Drive IconDo you work with FireWire® audio- or video-based equipment or have files stored on FireWire external hard drives? Sonnet's Allegro™ FireWire 800 PCIe features the fastest PCI Express to FireWire 800 controller available, the Texas Instruments XIO2213A—combined with full-bandwidth, powered 9-pin FireWire 800 ports, this card can easily satisfy the high-bandwidth demands of video and pro audio applications.

      Allegro FireWire 800 PCIe: Simple Way to Add Three FireWire 800 Ports

      FireWire 800 PortsSonnet's Allegro FireWire 800 PCIe provides high-speed FireWire 800 connectivity and powers bus-powered external drives and audio interfaces, so there is no need to connect an external power brick to them. Offering plug and play simplicity, this card works in any Mac® or Windows® computer, or Thunderbolt™ expansion system with a PCIe slot, and supports all FireWire 800 and FireWire 400 (with adapter; sold separately) peripherals. Additionally, this PCIe computer card includes the following key features:

      • Works in Thunderbolt Expansion Systems
        (like Sonnet's Echo™ Express, xMac™ Pro Server, or xMac mini Server)
      • Optimized for Maximum Performance Over Thunderbolt
      • Three External FireWire 800 Ports
      • Support for the Fastest FireWire Multimedia Peripherals
      • Hot-Swappable Device Connections
      • Plug-and-Play Simplicity (Installs Directly Into a PCIe Slot)
      • Compatbile with Mac and Windows
      • 1-Year Warranty
  • Product Details

    • Variant: Default Title
    • SKU: FW800-E
    • Product Type: PCIe Card

In Depth

Mac Compatibility

Mac Pro® (with card slots)

Power Mac® G5 (with PCIe slots)

Xserve® (with PCIe slots)

OS X® 10.5.8+

macOS High Sierra compatible

Windows Compatibility

PC desktop (with PCIe slots)

Windows® 10, 8, 7, Vista®(1), XP (SP2)(1)

Tech Specs

FW800-E Allegro FW800 PCIe
Warranty 1-year
Form factor PCIe computer card
Bus Interface PCI Express x1
Number of Ports 3 external
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Allegro FireWire 800 PCIe Computer Card
  • Documentation
FireWire Support  
Standard IEEE 1394b compliant
Cables Supported 9-pin male FireWire 800 cables
Peripherals Supported Supports all industry standard FireWire 800 and FireWire 400(2) peripherals
Data Transfer Rate 800/400/200/100 Mbits/s
Number of Devices Supported Up to 63 (data only)
Hot Plug Supports hot-pluggable and hot swappable device connection
Chipset TI


Specifications subject to change without notice.



Technical Notes

  1. Windows Vista and XP require installation of driver for FireWire 800 support.
  2. FireWire 400 support through FireWire 800 ports requires a FireWire 400-to-800 adapter or adapter cable.